Dear Friends in Christ,
God has bestowed many blessings upon Ascension this past year. It is through Him and the generosity of our parishioners that our church continues to grow and serve. This is evident in the expansive ministries we provide for not only our church members but for our surrounding community as well. Here’s a look at your contributions in action.
Our homeless initiative provides 3 meals, a shower, and a safe, warm place to sleep for more than 30 of our homeless brothers and sisters each week throughout the winter months.
Ascension’s food pantry helps provide by giving out 360 bags of food per year, and an additional 70 Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.
25 gift cards donations are distributed to families who cannot afford Christmas presents.
“Pasta and the Word” feeds 100 hungry mouths per month.
It doesn’t stop there….
Within the walls of this church we have over 160 children and youth enrolled in our Christian Education programming. Including Play and Praise for our babies and toddlers, nursery care, Sunday School, Communion and Confirmation, as well as Middle, Highschool, and young adult programming.
Ascension Lutheran Pre-School with classes for 2, 3, and 4-year olds has 120+ students currently enrolled for the 2019/2020 school year.
Ascension Day camp encompasses over 130 campers and staff each summer, and Ascension’s weeklong Confirmation Camp totals over 30 each year.
There’s still more!
We have over 170 participants in our Adult Programming including Forever 50, various Bible studies, WELCA, Knitting and Quilting and Christian Mothers Group, as well as monthly adult gatherings and yearly retreats.
Our Stephen and Eucharistic Ministers provide specialized care for 2 dozen of our fellow church members.
Ascension’s rapidly growing Latino ministry sees over 60 worshipers per week and provides further support to the Latino community through E.S.L classes and immigration support services.
Our dynamic music programming includes a total of 9 musical groups with 2 more on the way in 2020. This wide-ranging group includes a traditional, a praise and a children’s choir, 3 bell choirs, 2 string ensembles, and a brass ensemble as well as the recent addition of our praise band.
Over 100 milestones like baptisms, communions, confirmations, marriages, graduations, 1st step Sunday School celebrations, Bible presentations and funerals per year are commemorated at Ascension each year.
We thank you for being a supportive part of our church community. It is through your prayers, volunteering, and financial contribution that we are able to grow in serving Christ in our community. And we have much more in store for 2020. We are counting on your continued support. Included in this letter is a pledge card for the 2020 ministry year. They will be received beginning Sunday, November 10..
We invite you to join us in both giving thanks to God for all that He provides for us and in choosing not to take it for granted. Without your continued support many of these important ministries would simply not be possible. As you prayerfully discern your level of support for Ascension please consider the following:
Tithing— this is the Biblical model of stewardship, where you offer 10% of your “first fruits” to God or increasing your offering by 1% for the coming year.
Yours in Christ,
Erin Shanley, Pastor Justin Lathrop Pastor Flora Hartford Pastor Evelyn Patricia Avila